How is acute poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis (APSGN) differentiated from crescentic glomerulonephritis?

Updated: Dec 05, 2018
  • Author: Rajendra Bhimma, MBChB, MD, PhD, DCH (SA), FCP(Paeds)(SA), MMed(Natal); Chief Editor: Craig B Langman, MD  more...
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Crescentic glomerulonephritis

Crescentic glomerulonephritis is the term used to describe a histologic picture of severe proliferative glomerulonephritis. In persons with crescentic glomerulonephritis, in addition to inflammatory changes within the glomerular tuft, extensive proliferation exists within the Bowman space, leading to the formation of synechiae between the glomerular tuft and Bowman capsule. [43]

The clinical picture is generally referred to as rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis and may be secondary to numerous causes, including an immune-complex mediated poststreptococcal nephritis. The initial clinical picture is generally severe, and resolution appears delayed.

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